WATCH: The 1997 Broadway Cast of The Lion King Reunites in a Virtual Performance
It's a rare performance of "He Lives in You."
(SPOT.ph) It's been almost 23 years since the hit Disney animated film The Lion King premiered as a musical on October 15, 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater in Broadway. The Tony Award-winning musical never stopped wowing the world since with international tours and regional productions, including a two-month leg in Manila in 2018. It has seen actors come and go after over 9,000 performances in New York’s theater mecca, which has now shuttered their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And more than two decades later, the original cast members come together for a rare performance of “He Lives in You.”
In the video, members of the original Broadway company sing and dance from the safety of their own homes. It also features messages from Heather Headley (Nala), choreographer Garth Fagan, and director Julie Taymor. "I made the masks, but you made the movement, and you made them come alive," Taymor was heard saying to the cast.
The lyrics, which goes, "There's no mountain too great hear these words and have faith" couldn't be more apt in these trying times.
The virtual reunion is dedicated to the memory of Jason Raize (Simba), who passed away in 2004.
Main photo by Vincent Coscolluela, SPOT.ph Archives; for illustrative purposes only.